Similar to European cars of yore, the 2017 Jaguar XE categorizes visual drama and driving satisfaction over more boring matters such as practicality and refinement. That objective the actual optional 340-hp supercharged V-6 engine essentially a must-have, as it best matches the XE’s athletic persona. The XE’s less powerful turbocharged inline-four and lethargic diesel inline-four think about on the XE’s performance like bricks over a goldfish. With its numerous imperfections, the XE falls short of excellence as a total package, even as it is one of the best-driving compact luxury sedans currently on the market.
Jaguar has re-entered the arena of the BMW 3-series, this time with an effective rear-drive-based entry. (Remember the Ford producer Mondeo-based X-type? Don’t. ) A turbocharged 2 . 0l inline-four gasoline engine is standard but can easily be paired with rear-wheel drive. A 2. 0-liter diesel-powered inline-four is the first upgrade option and is available with rear- or all-wheel drive. The range is topped off by supercharged V-6 who that’s available with both rear- and all-wheel drive.
2017 Jaguar XE Specifications
The XE might as well be two separate cars: the one which is fun to drive, and another that, well, isn’t. Imagine which of those two versions is powered by the available 340-hp supercharged V-6 engine.
Unfortunately, the goodness that the celeb V-6 brings to the XE is partially counter by the underachieving basic 240-hp turbocharged four-cylinder engine (dubbed 25t in Yaguar parlance) and nearly deleted by the optional 180-hp diesel four (20d). Both four-cylinders lack refinement, though the V-6 is not a angel on this score, either, occasionally playing a groaning note during normal speed. The diesel’s responses are sleepy, and its sounds are definitely more Peterbilt than Porsche. The V-6 is at least characterful, and its soundtrack increases the harder you lean on it. Every XE uses the same eight-speed automated transmitting, which shifts well and offers paddle shifters for manual operation.
The XE is heavy for its size, which rounds off the supercharged V-6 engine’s edge sufficiently to keep it from having class-leading quickness. Still, the six sounds better when it’s caned than when driven lightly, and it provides its power in a smooth, linear manner.
The four-cylinder is substantially pokier and uninspiring, and the diesel is totally slow; it meets prods of the accelerator pedal with laggy responses and uneven torque delivery. In a nutshell, the diesel lopes around and is prone to surging as its prodigious torque builds; at higher rates, the diesel flat works out of breath.
2017 Jaguar XE Exterior
Apparently the only positive XE attribute not offset by a corresponding demerit (see: the engine lineup, cottage space, trunk space, and infotainment) is its hair styling. The car is very handsome, with clean lines, great proportions, and tidy detailing.
The 2017 Jaguar XE puts Jaguar’s latest face on full display, with squinting car headlights, an upright, open bumper grille, and a powerful cover hinting at the car’s sporting potential. A variety of wheel designs and sizes are available, ranging from 17 to 20 in .. Jaguar’s signature J-blade LED running lights, embedded in the headlights, are optionally available, part of a $2400 Vision package that also includes headlights that drive as you turn the front wheels.
2017 Yaguar XE Interior
In keeping with the rest of the 2017 Jaguar XE goodness-offset-by-badness theme, the interior is a generally nice location to spend time that also offers a few specific drawbacks. Take, for example, the electronic rotary gearshift knob, which increases considerably out of the center console when the ignition is fired. This would be neat if it and the broad swath of trim in its periphery didn’t waste a great deal potential storage space. Chant the trunk seat, which endures from small door openings and an absence of head- and legroom.
With an array of adjustability for its steering steering column and front seats, the driver and front-seat traveling have space to extra. If only Jaguar could have shifted some of that surfeit to the rear seat, which is tighter than almost all of the competition’s aft quarters.
The driver faces a nicely shaped steering wheel, an analog tachometer and speedometer, and a color menu in the gauge bunch. That menu isn’t the most intuitive widget to work (a button at the end of the turn-signal stalk splits duties with a directional button on the controls that confusingly doubles as a controller for the central dial screen), but its fonts and style match those of the cabin touchscreen. Ergonomically sound, the “2017 Jaguar XE” dial boasts large, easy-to-read weather controls with stand-alone temperature readouts. Despite the gimmicky shift knob’s hogging of center-console space, the door pockets and the armrest cubby make-up some floor and hold more pimpón balls than many less pretty competitors.
2017 Tigre XE Prices
Combining the 2017 Jaguar XE available 340-hp supercharged 3. 0-liter V-6 engine, optional awd (rear-wheel drive is standard), and the R-Sport’s blacked-out and more purposeful trim, it hews closest to the nice looking overall sedan’s mission: chasing the BMW 3-series. Grabbing the V-6 jumps the XE’s base price by $6800, to $42, 695; 4wheel drive and the R-Sport bits pile on another $10, 000 for a total of $52, 695 before other choices are added. That feels like a lot, but the R-Sport is hundreds less than an in the same way outfitted six-cylinder BMW 3-series.